Week 13 vs. Houston Texans: Four Tennessee Titans to Watch

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Rishard Matthews
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Rishard Matthews /

Four Tennessee Titans to watch against the Texans in Week 13.

The Tennessee Titans are back to their winning ways and have taken over first place once again in the AFC South.

Of course, it was another close win over the Indianapolis Colts, but a win is a win. Everyone just needs to enjoy the ride and enjoy that the team is pulling out close wins instead of losing close games or shootouts. These close wins could go a long way in January. Most playoffs games are close and the Titans have shown the ability since last season to win a game late.

But on to this week. The Titans will play the Houston Texans and will need a big rebound from the first time they played this year. They gave up 57 points to the Texans in Week 4, but this game will be played in Nashville and the Texans will have Tom Savage at quarterback.

Adoree’ Jackson

The one player on the Texans that the Titans need to look out for is DeAndre Hopkins. He is back to being one of the best receivers in the game after a down season in 2016.

Adoree’ Jackson has improved each game in his rookie season and we should see a ton of matchups with Hopkins and him. It’s not possible to completely shut down Hopkins, but if Jackson can contain him, the Titans should have a great chance to win on Sunday.

The Front Seven

All season, the front seven has struggled to finish plays and get sacks.However, it was a different story last week against the Colts.

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The defense racked up eights sacks of Jacoby Brissett and had their best game of the season. It’s not realistic to expect eight sacks every week, but hopefully that was a sign of what’s to come for the rest of the season. Savage is a statue dropping back in the pocket, and the front seven should pick up a few sacks against him.

Rishard Matthews

Last week showed how important Rishard Matthews is to the offense. He missed the Colts game due to a hamstring injury and if you didn’t know by now, it’s easy to tell Matthews is the clear number one receiver.

The Titans need him back this week and need him to be as consistent as he always is. He is always a threat and is Mariota’s go-to guy on third down.

Derrick Henry

Is this the week we finally see Derrick Henry take the majority of the carries? The run game went absolutely no where last week until Henry put the team on his back for the game-deciding touchdown drive.

DeMarco Murray should still have a role on third down, but it is time for Henry to get the carries on first and second down. He seems to get stronger as the game goes on and could wear defenses down if he gets 20 carries a week.

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